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N.Korea test fires submarine-launched ballistic missile, S.Korea says

SEOUL, Oct 19 (Reuters) - North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, pulling Japan's new prime minister of...

Japan PM: new disease command centre may come after pandemic

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday his plan to create a government agency to better fight infectious diseases has not changed but will come into existence only after the coronavirus ...

Japan PM dissolves lower house for Oct. 31 national election

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved the lower house of parliament Thursday, paving the way for elections Oct. 31 that will be Japan's first of the pandemic. ...

Japan dissolves parliament, setting stage for general election

TOKYO, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Japan dissolved its parliament on Thursday, setting the stage for an election at the end of the month that will pit new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida against unpopular opposit...

Japan PM dissolves parliament, paves way for election

Japan's new prime minister Fumio Kishida dissolved the lower house of parliament on Thursday, setting the stage for national elections later this month. Kishida, who formally took over the reins ...

With an eye on China, Japan's ruling party makes unprecedented defense spending pledge

TOKYO (Reuters) - An unprecedented election pledge by Japan’s ruling party to double defense spending underscores the nation’s haste to acquire missiles, stealth fighters, drones and other...

In surprise move, new Japan PM to call election on taking office

TOKYO, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Japan's new prime minister, Fumio Kishida, exchanged fist bumps with lawmakers after he was formally elected by parliament on Monday, as public broadcaster NHK said he was...

Japan: Fumio Kishida set to take office as prime minister

Japan's incoming Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to formally take office on Monday following a special parliamentary session. Kishida, a former foreign minister seen as a consensus builder, w...

Kishida Fumio win offers Japan-Taiwan stability … for now

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — This time last year, Taiwan was every bit as focused on the latest developments in the U.S. presidential race as its own elections. No one is in any doubt of the imp...

Former Olympics minister Suzuki to be next Japan finance minister - Yomiuri

TOKYO, Oct 1 (Reuters) - The Japanese finance minister's post is likely to go to former Olympics minister Shunichi Suzuki in presumptive new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's new cabinet, the Yom...

2 women in Japan party leadership race get mixed reactions

TOKYO (AP) — The inclusion of two women in Japan's leadership race — the first time in 13 years there hasn't only been men — surprised many, prompting some hope of progress for a ruling party long see...

Scholars discuss implications of new Japanese leadership for Taiwan's security

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Institute for National Policy Research (INPR) on Thursday (Sept. 30) held a symposium on the implications of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Kishida Fumio's ...

Taiwan’s President Tsai congratulates Japan's Kishida Fumio on winning LDP party vote

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) offered congratulations to Japan's former Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio on Wednesday (Sept. 29) after he won the vote for ...

Ruling party elects Kishida as leader in win for Japan establishment

TOKYO, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) anointed former foreign minister Fumio Kishida as its new leader on Wednesday, a victory for the party's establishment ...

Taiwan congratulates Japan’s presumptive prime minister on victory

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) congratulated former Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio after he won the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leadership...